Markets Finish Higher

Markets Finish HigherThe Toronto Stock Exchange finished Friday with a 50-point gain, leaving it up about 290 points on the week. In the U.S., however, markets surged, pushing the gain for the Dow Jones to about 425 points on the week, the S&P 500 to 45 points and the NASDAQ to 63 points. The S&P gain left that index ahead on the year since Dec. 23, 2010. The Dow was already ahead,…

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Four Investing Mistakes to Avoid in 2012

Four Investing Mistakes to Avoid in 2012The ongoing turmoil in world markets has made for a herky-jerky ride this year. What did you learn? While most professional money managers expect stomach-churning volatility to continue, there’s no reason why you can’t still position your portfolio for safety, income or growth. Here are some mistakes to avoid: 1. Staying Out of the Market. Sure, the market this year was crazier than selling snowballs to Inuits. But by staying…

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Canadian Firms to Spend More on R&D in 2011

Canadian Firms to Spend More on R&D in 2011Research and development spending by industry is expected to increase in 2011 — the first time in four years that has happened in Canada. “The 2011 industrial R&D spending intentions suggest that recovery is underway after three consecutive years of declining R&D spending that occurred across almost all industrial sectors,” said a Statistics Canada report Friday. Businesses in Canada planned to spend $15.6 billion on industrial research and development in…

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Canada Loses Jobs in November

Canada Loses Jobs in NovemberCanada shed another 19,000 jobs in November on the heels of a steep drop in October, edging the national unemployment rate to 7.4%. The economy lost 53,000 part-time jobs, offset by a gain of 35,000 full-time jobs, according to labour force numbers released by Statistics Canada on Friday. Finn Poschmann, vice-president of research at economic think-tank the C.D. Howe Institute, said a second month of bad job numbers left him…

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